Posted by alphaatlas 12:17 PM (CST)
Monday March 04, 2019
In a tweet that Eurogamer spotted, Respawn's CEO revealed that Apex Legends has hit 50 million players merely 4 weeks after the surprise launch. Roundhill Investments has been tracking the progress of Apex Legend's meteoric rise, and notes that it took Fortnite almost 5 times as long to hit 50 million players. Right now, Apex Legends has 160,788 viewers on twitch, compared to about 179,000 for Fortnite and 52,235 for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but how far Apex Legends will continue to rise remains to be seen. Either way, this is undoubtedly great news for Respawn and EA.
While some are pegging Apex Legends as the "Fortnite killer", it seems Epic is still doing pretty great. Thanks to the Marshmello concert, Fortnite had its biggest event ever on February 2nd with 10.7m players, and on February 16th had its biggest non-event day with 7.6m. Fortnite also has the advantage of more platforms, with significant player numbers on Switch and mobile.